As you savor an early breakfast in our restaurant, our guides will brief you on safety, cultural norms, and the tour itinerary. Waiver forms will be distributed and signed. Once geared up, bike riders will get acquainted with their bikes, undergo a competency test, and then we'll embark on our journey. Our first stop is the scenic Du Gia village, accessible via a newly opened road. We'll traverse untouristed roads, engaging with locals, capturing photos, and exploring markets. Lunch awaits at a family-run restaurant in Du Gia. The day concludes at the peaceful Ban An village, home to the Tay ethnic tribe. Here, simplicity reigns, offering insight into their daily lives. Dinner, prepared over a fire, fosters connection with the homestay family.
Early rise for breakfast followed by a bamboo raft adventure upriver to explore the cave system supplying water to the surroundings—a refreshing swim kicks off the day. Mid-morning, we traverse through stunning landscapes and photo-worthy scenes, known for terraced rice paddies and inhabited by Nung and Red Dao ethnicities. A delightful local lunch awaits in Meo Vac.
Post-lunch, we head further north to the renowned Ma Pi Leng Pass, a must-visit on the Ha Giang Loop. Yes, it's touristy, but rightfully so—Southeast Asia's deepest gorge offers surreal scenery, perfect for a cliffside coffee break!
Continuing towards Vietnam's northern frontier and the Chinese border, we pass through rocky outcrops showcasing evidence of earth's plate shifts. Fossils from the Jurassic era have been unearthed here!
The night unfolds in a homestay, supporting a LoLo Hill tribe family in Lung Cu township, with another delightful local food experience.
Our day kicks off with breakfast before heading to witness Vietnam's most renowned flagpole. The trek back to Ha Giang city starts, taking us Southwest along the border area. A stop to explore the ancient Kings palace, now open to the public, offers a fascinating historical insight.
In the spirit of exploration, we'll take a cheeky step over to the other side while in the frontier area.
Lunch awaits in Yen Minh, hosted by one of the oldest commercially operating restaurants in Ha Giang. The journey back to Ha Giang unfolds with several stunning mountain passes, passing villages adorned with hemp-covered hillsides.
We typically return to Ha Giang around 3:30 pm. For those heading to Hanoi on the same day, there's time for a shower and a meal before the bus picks you up from our homebase.